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Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by the Republic of India. Further west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while further south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.

HISTORY

 It is believed that Bhutan was inhabited as early as 2000 B.C. due to the presence of early stone implements discovered in the region. Bhutan are the only countries which have been independent throughout their history, never conquered, occupied, or governed by an outside power (notwithstanding occasional [nominal] tributary status).

The country was originally known by many names including Lho Jong, ‘The Valleys of the South’, Lho Mon Kha Shi, ‘The Southern Mon Country of Four Approaches’, Lho Jong Men Jong, ‘The Southern Valleys of Medicinal Herbs and Lho Mon Tsenden Jong, ‘The Southern Mon Valleys where Sandlewood Grows’. Mon was a term used by the Tibetans to refer to Mongoloid, non-Buddhist peoples that populated the Southern Himalayas.

The country came to be known as Druk Yul or The Land of the Drukpas sometime in the 17th century. The name refers to the Drukpa sect of Buddhism that has been the dominant religion in the region since that period.

Initially Bonism was the dominant religion in the region that would come to be known as Bhutan. Buddhism was introduced in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and further strengthened by the arrival of Guru Rimpoche, a Buddhist Master that is widely considered to be the Second Buddha.

The country was first unified in 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. After arriving in Bhutan from Tibet he consolidated his power, defeated three Tibetan invasions and established a comprehensive system of law and governance. His system of rule eroded after his death and the country fell into in-fighting and civil war between the various local rulers. This continued until the Trongsa Poenlop Ugyen Wangchuck was able to gain control and with the support of the people establish himself as Bhutan’s first hereditary King in 1907. His Majesty Ugyen Wangchuck became the first Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) and set up the Wangchuck Dynasty that still rules today.

In 2008 Bhutan enacted its Constitution and converted to a democracy in order to better safeguard the rights of its citizens. Later in November of the same year, the currently reigning 5th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was crowned.

 WEATHER CONDITIONS:

Temperatures in the far south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Paro the range is from -5°C in January to 30°C in July, with 800mm of rain. In the high mountain regions the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Rain occurs primarily during the southwest monsoon season from June to September. Bhutan bears the brunt of the monsoon, receiving more rainfall than other Himalayan regions – up to 5.5m a year. During the monsoon, heavy rain falls almost every night; in the day there may be long periods without rain. Low clouds hang on the hills, obscuring views and, if they are too low, forcing the cancellation of flights at Paro airport.

TEMPERATURE:

Temperatures drop dramatically with increase in altitude, though days are usually very pleasant with clear skies and sunshine. Nights are cold and require heavy woolen clothing, particularly in winter. Generally, October, November and March to mid-June are the best times to visit – rainfall is at a minimum and temperatures are conducive to active days of sightseeing. The foothills are also very pleasant during the winter.

 BEST TIME TO VISIT:

Bhutan has four seasons. Every season has its own beauty and adventures one. The best season that we can recommend you are the spring season – March, April and May. Other suitable season is autumn in months of September, October and November where most of the festivals (Tshechus) take place. For sightseeing purpose of the great Himalayan mountains ranges, autumn season is recommended as during that time the skies are very clear and you can catch the rare glimpse of the great Himalayan mountain ranges. During the summer season (months of June, July & August), the monsoons would be already in and it is likely that one may encounter rain. Winter Season (December, January and February) are extremely cold. Some of the upper trek routes may remain closed due to heavy snow fall.

 ALTITUDE

100 meters above sea level in the south to over 7,500 meters above the sea level in the north.

 RELIGION:

Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion; the majority of Bhutanese people follow the Drukpa School of the Kagyupa sect. Those living in the south are mainly Hindu.

 LANGUAGE:

Dzongkha is the official language. A large number of dialects are spoken, owing to the physical isolation of many villages. Sharchop Kha, from eastern Bhutan, is the most widely spoken. Nepali is common in the south of the country. English has been the language of educational instruction since 1964 and is widely spoken.

 CURRENCY:

Bhutan unit of currency is the Ngultrum. Approx. 1 $ = Nu. 52 – Subject to change (US Dollars are also widely accepted throughout the kingdom.)The Ngultrum is pegged to the value of Indian Rupee. Indian Rupees are widely accepted in Bhutan.

 TIME:

Bhutan local time is GMT + 06:00 hrs

 ABOUT BHUTAN:

The land of the thunder dragon kingdom is a trekker’s paradise and an environmentalist’s dream. With 72 percent of the country under forest cover, Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. This spiritual land is the last bastion of the Vajrayana school of Mahayana Buddhism which provides the essence of a unique identity for the 750,000 people.

Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. Here is a country that is slowly opening up to the modern world in a fine balance with its ancient traditions. Those fortunate enough to visit Bhutan describe it as a unique, deeply spiritual and mystical experience. This kingdom is an adventure like no other.

UNIQUE SELLING PRODUCT OF BHUTAN:

  • The only country where foreign currency is so widely and legally accepted.
  • This preservation of culture and identity is crucial to Bhutan in the quickly globalizing world.
  • Bhutan is the only country in the world to focus on GNH – Gross National Happiness – as a national objective.
  • It is illegal in Bhutan to sell or buy tobacco products and smoking in public places is banned too.
  • In order to provide a sustainable tourism industry in Bhutan, the Government of Bhutan has imposed a policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This ensures that the Bhutanese traditions and culture can be preserved without exploitation.
  • Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world.
  • The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding seven thousand meters.
  • Snowman trek – Rated by National Geographic as one of the best hikes in the world.

 PLACES TO VISIT IN BHUTAN

PARO

SIGHTSEEING IN PARO:

  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Ta Dzong (Open from: Tuesday – Saturday : 9 a.m – 4 p.m & Sunday 11a.m – 4 p.m Closed on Mondays & National Holidays)
  • Drukgyel Dzong
  • Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Farm House (Traditional village house)
  • Druk Choeding
  • Dungtse Lhakhang
  • Ugyen Pelri Palace
  • Jangsarbu Lhakhang
  • Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)

EXCURSIONS FROM PARO

  • Haa valley
  • Kila Goemba
  • Chelela pass

THIMPHU

SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPHU:

  • Memorial Chorten
  • Simtokha Dzong
  • National Library (closed on Sat, Sun & Government Holidays)
  • Institute for Zorig Chusum Closed on Sun & Government Holidays and on Sat open from 10 a.m to 12 o’clock
  • Traditional Medicine Institute (Closed on Sat, Sun & Government Holidays)
  • The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim) (closed on Government Holidays and on Sat open from 10.30 a.m to 1.00 p.m and on Sun open from 11.30 a.m to 3.00 p.m)
  • National Textile Museum (Closed on Government Holidays and on Sun and on Sat open from 9.00 a.m to 4 p.m)
  • Trashichhoedzong
  • Handicrafts Shops
  • Weekend Market
  • Changgangkha Lhakhang
  • Ø   Craft Bazaar
  • Ø   Junghi Handmade Paper Factory
  • Ø   Zangthopelri Lhakhang
  • Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang)

EXCURSIONS FROM THIMPHU:

  • Tango Goemba
  • Cheri Goemba
  • Phajoding Goemba
  • Ø   Lungchuzekha Goemba
  • Ø   Takin Preserve, Motithang  
  • Ø   Botanical Gardens, Serbithang
  • Ø   Coronation Park
  • Ø   Tandin Nye

 PUNAKHA

SIGHTSEEING IN PUNAKHA:

  • Punakha Dzong

EXCURSIONS FROM PUNAKHA:

  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Ø   Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery
  • Limbukha
  • Talo
  • Ø   Punakha Ritsha Village
  • Ø   Nalanda Buddhist College

 GANTEY

SIGHTSEEING IN GANTEY:

  • Ø   Gangtey Goempa
  • Black Necked Crane Information Centre

WANGDUEPHODRANG

SIGHTSEEING IN WANGDUEPHODRANG:

  • Wangduephodrang Dzong- Now one cannot visit Dzong since it has been destroyed by fire on 24th June 2014.it is under construction.

TRONGSA

SIGHTSEEING IN TRONGSA:

  • Chendbji Chorten
  • Trongsa Dzong
  • Ta Dzong

EXCURSIONS FROM TRONGSA:

  • Ø   Kuenga Rabten

BUMTHANG OR JAKAR VALLEY

SIGHTSEEING IN BUMTHANG:

  • Jambay Lhakhang
  • Kurje Lhakhang
  • Tamshing Lhakhang
  • Jakar Dzong
  • Konchogsum Lhakhang
  • Chankhar Lhakhang
  • Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery

EXCURSIONS FROM BUMTHANG:

  • Tangbi Goemba
  • Ngang Lhakhang
  • Ø   Ura Valley
  • Ø   Tang Valley
  • Ø   Membartsho
  • Ø   Ugyenchholing Palace
  • Ø   Tang Rimochen Lhakhang
  • Ø   Kunzangdrak Goemba
  • Pelseling Goempa

MONGAR

SIGHTSEEING IN MONGAR:

  • Mongar Dzong
  • Ø   Yakang Lhakhang
  • Drametse Lhakhang

EXCURSIONS FROM MONGAR

Lhuntse

TRASHIGANG

SIGHTSEEING IN TRASHIGANG:

  • Trashigang Dzong
  • Gom Kora

TRASHIYANGTSE

SIGHTSEEING IN TRASHIYANGTSE:

  • Ø   Chorten Kora
  • Ø   Trashiyangtse Dzong

EXCURSIONS FROM TRASHIYANGTSE:

  • Ø   Bomdelling
  • Ø   Ranjung Woesel Chholing

SAMDRUP JONGKHAR

ACTIVITIES POSSIBLE IN BHUTAN:

Mountain Biking: The tourism industry recognised mountain biking as a viable product a few years ago and since then it has gained considerable popularity, both among the visitors and the locals. A number of dedicated trails are located in Phobjikha and Punakha and similar cycling excursions are possible in Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang with its beautiful wide valleys. For those looking to experience more, a cross-country biking tour takes you along the winding highway which involves a lot of uphill peddling at times and negotiating sharp bends and corners.

River Rafting: These river activities are new to Bhutan. Over the past decade, some of the many rivers in the country have been explored and are considered to be potential for some of the best river rafting in the world. For a beginner, the easy gentle float on the Mo Chhu in Punakha which stretches to about 6 km, starting at the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten point and ends past the Punakha Dzong is a perfect trip.

Fishing: Though fishing is generally an undesired activity and frowned upon by the Bhutanese, individuals can obtain license (Nu. 500 per day) to fish in its rivers. However, some strict measures are in place. Fishing is prohibited within a kilometre of a monastery, a lhakhang, a dzong or any religious centre. Fishing season is ‘closed’ for the months of October to December every year and fishing is also banned on some auspicious days. ‘Fly-fishing’ is, however, picking up among the locals and the tourists as an alternative sport to fishing. – Fly fishing, on a catch and release only basis

Golf: Bhutan may not have the first class facilities to offer golf enthusiasts from around the world, but it surely makes up by giving the thrill to be golfing in one of the most remote golf courses in the world. Placed beautifully overlooking the magnificent Tashichho Dzong in the heart of the capital, The Royal Thimphu Golf Course has a nine-hole course (par 34, 2800yards). It is the only public golf course and visitors are welcome to experience the opportunity to play in an environment very different.

National Parks: Bhutan has a very affluent variety of birds and animals and you can get a peek at them in case you visit the national parks of the country. The country maybe small but when it comes to wildlife, there is hardly any species of birds and animals that you will not find. If you look at the map of Bhutan, you will notice that there are national parks that are present in all parts of the country. The one that you must pay a visit to are:

  • Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Royal Manas National Park
  • Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary and
  • Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve

Bird Watching: Bhutan is considered as a bird-watchers’ paradise. Because of the great number and diversity of endemic species, the eastern Himalayas of which Bhutan is a part, has been designated as one of the world’s top 10 biodiversity “hotspots”. Wet summers and altitudinal gradation from sub-tropical lowlands to arctic-like mountain peaks provide an array of climatic conditions and a layering of distinct biotic communities from jungles through temperate forests to tundra.

Trekking: Trekking in Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the Himalayas, complemented by crystal clear air and views that sometimes defy description. Some treks are short and suitable for beginners while others can be long and challenging.

Royal Botanical Tour: Bhutan has been listed as one of the ten hot spots of biological diversity in the world. With over 70% of its total land area under forest cover; Bhutan is home to one-fifth of the world’s plant species and two-thirds of the most endangered species of plants and animals. The Bhutanese seasons are reflected in full color by flowers and plants, which cover the mountainside.

Textile Tours: Land of Thunder Dragon is a tiny Himalayan Kingdom with a history of wealthy cultural Heritage. One of its exclusive features is hand woven textile and it is found in Central and Eastern Bhutan. They are the primary centers of textile manufacture, which principally a home handiwork is done by women. While Thimphu is centre for marketing of its textile products with varieties of local textiles but one cannot satisfy without the trip to places of its origination. One can watch its live production; learn about the technique of weaving, the significance of Bhutanese designs and colors by visiting to its rural village in Bumthang, Lhuntse and Trashigang. We can also watch live demonstration by Bhutanese women of weaving traditions, preparation of dyes and other colors. The tour to centre and eastern Bhutan across its origin have distinctive designs and fabrics and even looms of different style in different region.

Cultural tours in Bhutan: Bhutan is a rich mosaic of different cultures, traditions, life styles, ethnic groups, languages and belief systems. It is astounding that a country with a population of just over half a million speaks as many as nineteen different dialects and a few major languages. Diverse as it may seem, yet the Bhutanese socio-culture fabric is well interlaced and harmonized mainly due to the common thread of simple Buddhist values that the people share.

INFRASTRUCTURE

ACCESSIBILITY:

BY AIR:

Druk Air, the National Air Carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan, operates flights The national carrier of Bhutan is Drukair – Royal Bhutan Airlines. Drukair fly regularly to Paro, Bhutan’s only international airport, from Bangkok, Dhaka, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Gaya, Kathmandu and from Singapore.

Bhutan Airline( Private airline) flies to Kolkata/Bangkok/Singapore and will started to Kathmandu from June 2014.

FLIGHT VIA BAGDOGRA AIRPORT IN WEST BENGAL:

Bagdogra is well connected to the major cities of India by various airlines like Jetairways, Kingfisher Airlines, Spicejet, Go Air and Indian Airlines. One can take the connecting flight to Paro from Bagdogra or travel over land to the nearest Bhutan border town of Phuentsholing (04 hours drive) to enter Bhutan.

BY TRAIN:

NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the nearest major railway station in the Indian State of West Bengal. The other smaller stations are Alipurduar, New Cooch Vihar and Hasimara thgough we recommend NJP as the convenient station for pick up/drop facilities and 04 hours drive to the nearest Bhutan border town of Phuentsholing.

 BY ROAD:

The first is at Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan, from West Bengal in Northern India. The adjacent Indian town is called Jaigaon. We strongly recommend vistors entering or departing at Phuntsholing spend the first night there on the Bhutan side. Jaigaon is chaotic and only offers low standards of accommodation.

The second entry/exit point is at Samdrup Jongkhar in the far southeast of Bhutan. This option, bordering the Indian State of Assam, is useful for visitors who travel to the more remote eastern side of Bhutan.  It is 3 hour drive from Samdrup Jongkhar to the Indian airport of Guwahati which will connect you by air to your onward destination.

TRAVEL WITHIN BHUTAN:

FLIGHTS: No domestic air service is provided. We have Paro to Bumthang and Youngphula Youngphula is suspended as of today where as Bumthang operates thrice a week.

TRAINS: There are no trains in Bhutan.

ROAD CONDITIONS:

Bhutan is a mountainous country and its general road conditions are not very good. Roads connecting urban areas are well maintained but roads connecting rural areas are quite poor. Traffic is not a problem in Bhutan but emergency services on road or road assistance are rare and public transportation in Bhutan is not considered safe.

WITHIN BHUTAN WE USE TRANSPORT AS FOLLOWS: 

  • Toyota Land Cruiser/Prado, Hyundai Tucson/Santafe  for individuals
  • Toyota Hiace Bus for smaller groups
  • Toyota Coaster/ Kia coach for larger groups

FOOD: Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese but are normally tempered to the taste of the visitors. All our selected hotels and lodges offer delicious Indian, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese cuisine. Hotels normally serve a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items on buffet style however pure vegetarian meals also served on request and prior information.

Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. Vegetables commonly eaten include Spinach, pumpkins, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, river weed, onions, Potatoes and green beans. Grains such as rice, buckwheat and barley are also cultivated in various regions of the country depending on the local climate.

The usual menu will be as:

1.  Potato with cheese.
2.  Chilly with cheese
3.  Steamed cabagges
4.  Mutter Paneer
5.  Mixed vegetable curry
6.  Asparagus / broccoli butter-fry
7.  Fiddlehead fern fry
8.  Lettuce / Sag / Algie (river-weed) soup
9.  Bitter gourd / Egg plant fry
10. Dal etc.

The following is a list of some of the most popular Bhutanese dishes:

  • Ema Datshi: This is the de facto National Dish of Bhutan. A spicy mix of chilies and the delicious local cheese known as Datshi. This dish is a staple of nearly every meal and can be found throughout the country. Variations on Ema Datshi include adding green beans, ferns, potatoes, mushrooms or swapping the regular cheese for yak cheese.
  • Momos: These Tibetan-style dumplings are stuffed with pork, beef or cabbages and cheese. Traditionally eaten during special occasions, these tasty treats are a Bhutanese favourite.
  • Phaksha Paa: Pork cooked with spicy red chillis. This dish can also include Radishes or Spinach. A popular variation uses sun-dried (known as Sicaam). Hoentoe: Aromatic buckwheat dumplings stuffed with turnip greens, datshi (cheese), spinach and other ingredients.
  • Jasha Maru: Spicy minced chicken, tomatoes and other ingredients that is usually served with rice.
  • Red Rice: This rice is similar to brown rice and is extremely nutritious and filling. When cooked it is pale pink, soft and slightly sticky.
  • Goep (Tripe): Though the popularity of tripe has diminished in many countries it is still enjoyed in Bhutan. Like most other meat dishes, it is cooked with plenty of spicy chillis and chilli powder.

PERMITS

BY AIR:

If entering Bhutan by flight, you will need to fill up the Permit form, which will be handed over to you by the immigration officer at the Paro airport. After the completion of the form, a copy of the permit will be handed over to you. Adult: Valid Passport/ Voter Id Card, passport should be valid more than 6 months from the date of travel. Child: original Birth certificate or Passport.

 PLEASE RETAIN IT WITH YOU as you will have to surrender it to the immigration officials when you take the flight back from Paro.

 BY ROAD:

Phuentsholing is the ONLY entry point to enter Bhutan overland.
You will have to visit the immigration office where your entry permit will be processed and your passport size photograph taken. The process takes 02 – 03 hours. After procuring your entry permit, you can travel to Thimphu and Paro

What do we need for the Permit?

You need to carry 04-passport size photograph and the copy of either your passport or the Election card with you.

Note: Route permit to other restricted places are only issued in Thimphu immigration office (On Saturday, Sunday and government holiday the office will be closed)

  • Driving License and Ration Card are not valid documents for the permit.

 

FOREIGN NATIONALS

Foreign (excluding Indian) nationals have the following rules:

  • You must use Druk Air/Bhutan Airline, the official airline of Bhutan, at least once – either enter or exit (or both.)- As such no restriction they can d both ways by road also.
  • Visas will be issued on arrival (at the airport in Paro or Indian border) and cannot be obtained in advance- For foreigner (other than Indian & Bangladeshi) we have to obtain Visa prior to arrival.
  • Visa applications must be initiated by authorized tour operators (check the official website.) The tour operator submits the application to the Ministry of Tourism which then issues an approval letter. This approval letter is the basis of final visa application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which takes up to 2 weeks to process it.
  • Airline ticket cannot be purchased until you have a visa confirmation number. No necessary in Bhutan
  • For every day you spend in Bhutan, you are charged $200-$250. This includes accommodation, food, transport and a tour guide only. One time entry fee $40 per person.CULTURE:

Bhutanese culture is one of the distinctive cultures in the world. As a tiny country with a very small population the need to preserve culture and tradition is amplified. This unique culture is a means of protecting the sovereignty of the nation. The distinctiveness of the culture and tradition is visible in the everyday life of the Bhutanese.

 

Festivals: One of the most colorful festivals in the Bhutanese calendar is the Tshechu performed in all the Dzongs and in many monasteries and temples spread throughout Bhutan. Tshechu is a mask dance festival to commemorate the events in the life of Guru Rinpochoe who is revered as the second Buddha in Bhutan. There is also a display of Thongdrol, large scroll paintings of deities and saints which have the power to liberate people from sin that they had committed just by seeing it. People gather from all walks of life to witness this significant event.

 

Festivals of Bhutan:

Name Town
Punakha Dromche Punakha
Punakha Tshechu Punakha
Takin Festival Gasa
Nomad Festival Bumthang
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse
Gomphukora Trashigang
Paro Tshechu Paro
Chukha Tshechu Chukha
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang
Rhododendron Festival Thimphu
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang
Haa Summer Festival Haa Valley
Masutaki Mushroom Festival Bumthang
Tour of the Dragon Bumthang
Thimphu Dromche Thimphu
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang
Gangtey Tshechu Gangtey
Tamshingphala Choepa Bumthang
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu
Thangbi Mani Bumthang
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang
Prakhar Dromche Bumthang
Mongar Tshechu Mongar
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang
Black-Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang
Nalakhang Tshechu Bumthang

 

LOCAL ACTIVITIES:

HOMESTAYS   

Ø   Bangpa Farm House

Ø   Deki Gatseling Farm House

Ø   Phub Gyeltshen’s Farm House

Ø   Thukten Tshering Farm House

Ø   Chimmi Lham’s Homestay

Ø   Dolay Bidha and Ugyen’s Farm House

Ø   Shingkhar Lam Naktshang Farm House

Ø   Yoezer Cafe & Farm House

Ø   Chorten Dendup’s Farm House

Ø   Kesang Wangmo’s Farm House

Ø   Tharpala’s Farm House

 

TARGET CLIENTS:

  • Leisure travellers
  • Honeymoon Traveller
  • Adventures Traveller
  • Self-drive Tourist
  • Nature Lover’s
  • Trekkers
  • Foreign Tourist
  • Corporates
  • Photographers
  • Back packers

 

Bhutan Country Side Tour Program

Day 01 Arrival Paro. Transfer to Thimphu 65 Kms/ 2 hrs
Day 02 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03 Thimphu – Gangtey 130 kms/ 7 hrs
Day 04 Spend the day in Gangtey
Day 05 Gangtey – Punakha 83 kms/  3 to 4 hrs
Day 06 Punakha – Paro 70 kms/ 3 hrs
Day 07 Sightseeing in Paro
Day 08 Transfer to Paro Airport

BHUTAN GLIMPSES

Day 01 Arrival Paro. Transfer to Thimphu 65 kms; 2hrs
Day 02 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03 Thimphu – Punakha 77 kms; 3 hrs
Day 04 Punakha – Paro 3 hrs
Day 05 Tiger Nest, Taktsang
Day 06 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

BHUTAN TRAVERSE

Day 01 Arrival in Paro
Day 02 Paro Sightseeing – Tiger Nest
Day 03 Paro – Thimphu 65 kms; 2hrs
Day 04 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 05 Thimphu – Punakha 77 kms; 3 hrs
Day 06 Punakha – Gantry 70 kms; 4 hrs
Day 07 Gangtey – Trongsa 3 hrs
Day 08 Trongsa – Tang 5 hrs
Day 09 Tang – Jakar 2 hrs
Day 10 Jakar Sightseeing
Day 11 Jakar – Mongar 7 hrs
Day 12 Mongar – Lhuntshi – Mongar 3 hrs
Day 13 Mongar – Trashi Yangtse 5 hrs
Day 14 Trashi Yangtse – Trashigang 3 hrs
Day 15 Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar 6 ½ hrs
Day 16 Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati 4 hrs

 

RHODODENDRON TRAIL

Day 01 Arrival Paro. Transfer to Thimphu 65 kms; 2hrs
Day 02 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03 Thimphu – Punakha 77 kms; 3 hrs
Day 04 Punakha to Trongsa 142 kms; 4 hrs
Day 05 Trongsa to Bumthang 68 kms; 3 hrs
Day 06 Bumthang sightseeing
Day 07 Bumthang to Gantey 174 kms; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 08 Gantey to Paro 190 kms
Day 09 Sightseeing in Paro
Day 10 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

MAGICAL GLANCE OF BHUTAN

Day 01 Arrival NJP/Bagdogra; Drive to Phuntsholing
Day 02 Phuntsholing – Thimpu 5 hrs
Day 03 Thimpu – Punakha 77 km; 3 hrs
Day 04 Punakha – Trongsa 142 km; 4 hrs
Day 05 Trongsa – Bumthang 68 km; 3 hrs
Day 06 Bumthang – Full day sightseeing
Day 07 Bumthang – Wangdi 174 km; 7-8 hrs
Day 08 Wangdi – Paro 190 km
Day 09 Paro – Full day sightseeing
Day 10 Paro – Phuntsholing – Siliguri 7-8 hrs
Day 11 Final departure

 

CHELE LA NATURE TREK

Day 01 Arrive Paro
Day 02 Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 Paro – Chonana 14 km; 4-5 hours
Day 04 Chonana – Jebkarpo 16 km;5-6 hours
Day 05 Jebkarpo – Lower Mingula 15 km; 5-6 hours
Day 06 Mingula Thong 16 km; 5-6 hours
Day 07 Thong – Thimphu
Day 08 Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 09 Thimphu – Wangdiphodrang / Punakha
Day 10 Thimpu – Paro 65 kms/2 hrs
Day 11 Paro
Day 12 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

SAMTENGANG WINTER TREK

Day 01 Arrive Paro
Day 02 Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 Paro – Thimphu 65 kms/2 hrs
Day 04 Thimphu – Khuruthang
Day 05

Khuruthang – Limukha

Day 06 Limukha – Chungsakha
Day 07 Chungsakha – Samtengang
Day 08 Samtengang – Wangdue/Thimphu
Day 09

Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 10 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

DRUK PATH TREK

Day 01 Arrive Paro
Day 02 Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 Paro to Jela Dzong 6 kms
Day 04 Jela Dzong to Jangchulakha 10 kms
Day 05 Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho 11 kms
Day 06 Jimilangtsho to Labana 11 kms
Day 07 Labana to Thimphu 10 kms
Day 08 Thimphu sightseeing. Transfer to Paro 65 kms; 2hrs
Day 09 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

GASA HOT SPRING TREK

Day 01 Arrival Paro. Transfer to Thimphu 65 kms; 2 hrs
Day 02 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03 Thimphu – Punakha – Tashithang
Day 04 Tashithang – Damji – Gasa 6-7 hours
Day 05 Gasa Tsachu
Day 06 Gasa Tsachu – Geon Damji 21 km; 6-7 hours
Day 07 Geon Damji – Tashithang – Punakha
Day 08 Punakha- Thimphu
Day 09 Thimphu – Paro 65 kms; 2 hrs
Day 10 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

MONASTERIES & PASSES

Day 01 Arrival Paro. Transfer to Thimphu 65 kms; 2 hrs
Day 02 Hike to Cheri Monastery
Day 03 Thimphu – Punakha 77 kms; 3 hrs
Day 04 Punakha – Gantey 3 hrs
Day 05 Hike over Kayche La
Day 06 Gantey to Paro 190 kms; 7 to 8 hrs
Day 07 Hike to Tiger’s Nest, Paro
Day 08 Chele La Hike
Day 09 Transfer to Paro Airport

 

CHOMOLHARI TREK

Day 01 Arrival Paro.
Day 02 Sightseeing in Paro
Day 03 Trek Paro to Shana 17 kms; 5-6 hours
Day 04

Trek Shana to Thangthangkha

22 kms; 6-7 hours
Day 05 Trek Thangthangkha to Jangothang 19 kms; 5-6 hours
Day 06 Rest day at Jangothang
Day 07 Jangothang to YaksaSoi 17 kms; 6 to 7 hrs
Day 08 Trek Yaksa Soi to Thombu 14 kms; 5 hours
Day 09 Trek Thombu to Gunyitsawa 14 kms; 5 hours
Day 10 Trek Shana Zampa to Paro 13 kms; 4 – 5 hrs
Day 11 Rest Day at Paro
Day 11 Paro – Paro Airport

 

DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK

Day 01 Arrival Paro. Transfer to Thimphu 65 Kms/2 hrs
Day 02 Thimphu – Geynekha 14 km; 4 hrs
Day 03 Geynekha – Gur 15 km; 4 hrs
Day 04 Gur – Labatama 12 km; 5 hrs
Day 05 Labatama. Day excursion to Relitsho, Hentsho or Jametsho Lake.
Day 06 Labatama – Panka 12 km; 5 hrs
Day 07 Panka – Talikha 8 km; 4 hrs
Day 08 Talikha – Simtokha. Drive to Paro
Day 09 Sightseeing in Paro
Day 10 Paro – Paro Airport

 

SNOWMAN TREK

Day 01 Arrival in Paro. Drive to Thimphu 65 Kms; 2 hrs
Day 02 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha 77 kms; 3 hrs
Day 04 Punakha to Damji 5 hrs
Day 05 Damji to Gasa 6 hrs
Day 06 Gasa to Chamsa 7 hrs
Day 07 Chamsa to Laya 6 hrs
Day 08 Rest day | Explore Laya
Day 09 Laya to Rodophu 8 hrs
Day 10 Rodophu to Narithang 6 hrs
Day 11 Narithang to Tarina 7 hrs
Day 12 Tarina to Wochey 5 hrs
Day 13 Wochey to Lhedi 7 hrs
Day 14 Lhedi to Thanza 6 hrs
Day 15 Rest day at Thanza
Day 16 Thanza to Tshorim 8 hrs
Day 17 Tshorim to GangkharPuensum base camp 6 hrs
Day 18 Rest day
Day 19 Base camp to GesheyWoma 7 hrs
Day 20 GesheyWoma to Warthang 8 hrs
Day 21 Warthang to DurTsachu 5 hrs
Day 22 DurTsachu to Tshochenchen 8 hrs
Day 23 Tshochenchen to Jakar 7 hrs
Day 24 Drive from Jakar to Gantey / Punakha 7 to 8 hrs
Day 25 Drive from Gantey / Punakha to Paro
Day 26 Spend the day in Paro
Day 27 Paro to Paro Airport

 

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